The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

23. Beastie Boys "Paul Revere" (1986)

Album: Licensed to Ill
Producer: Rick Rubin & Beastie Boys
Label: Def Jam/Columbia Records

The Beastie Boys' debut album License to Ill, alongside Run D.M.C.'s Raising Hell, was instrumental in taking hip-hop out of the city and into the suburbs. The albums' mixture of hip-hop attitude and rock 'n' roll sounds lured fans of other genres into the fold by the millions. It was typified by the goofball hijinx such as those described in "Paul Revere," a whimsical tale that reimagines the Beastie Boys as Wild West outlaws who meet in the desert and set their sights on the nearest bar. Mike D and MCA make off with everyone's money and jewelry, and Ad-Rock gets the girls and the beer.

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